Monkey kills 12-day-old baby

A monkey looks for food on the polluted banks of the Yamuna river next to the historic Taj Mahal in Agra

A 12-day-old baby from the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, in India, was killed by a monkey after being snatched from the arms of his breastfeeding mother inside their home. And before the mother could understand anything, the monkey took away her son.

Local residents reported the same monkey had tried to attack a 14-year-old girl around 15 minutes before snatching Arush. After a chase, the monkey left our son on a neighbor's roof, but it was too late.

However, their attempts to scare off the monkey came to nothing.

The baby named Sunny was found in a terrace adjacent to his mother, Neha's house and was pronounced dead on arrival to hospital.

"The monkey bit the infant's head and left the baby when people chased it with sticks and threw stones at it", said Ajay Kaushal, the officer in charge of the nearby police station, told the Reuters news agency.

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"The victim's body has been sent for a post-mortem and will be handed over to the family soon", Sub-inspector Atbir Singh told The Times of India.

Police said the injuries indicated the child had been bitten on the face. Relevantly, two months ago, another toddler was attacked in the same colony by a monkey, however the victim survived and is now in hospital.

In 2018, the Indian government said it had approved a pilot project for immune-contraception to control the population of wild animals including monkeys in the city.

According to the Delhi government, 268 cases of monkey bites were registered in the city in 2016.

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